Monthly Archives: December 2006

Diamond Uses

Today, 75-80% of the world's natural diamonds are used for industrial purposes and 20-25% for gemstones. It is the chemical and physical properties of this mineral that give it the superior cutting ability for industrial use. Diamond coatings have improved … Continue reading

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Where Diamonds Come From

 The majority of today’s diamonds are sourced from Africa, Canada, Russia, Australia and South America. When measured by value, Botswana is the biggest producer of diamonds in the world. An estimated 65% of the world’s diamonds come from Africa. Other … Continue reading

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More Interesting Diamond Facts

1. Diamonds were initially used for engraving other gems, such as sapphires. 2. Most diamonds have been formed over 100 miles beneath the earths surface. 3. Romans wore diamonds as lucky charms as they believed that diamonds had the power 4. Most diamonds are over 3 billion … Continue reading

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Interesting Diamond Facts

The largest rough diamond ever found was the Cullinan (3,106 carats). It was discovered on January 26, 1905 in the Premier mine of South Africa. It was then cut into nine major stones, including the largest gem diamond, the Cullinan … Continue reading

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Famous Diamonds on Display

Two large, pear-shaped diamond earrings, weighing 14.25 and 20.34 carats respectively, are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection. The diamonds once were supposedly set in earrings that belonged to Marie Antoinette and some sources say they were her favorite pieces … Continue reading

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